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Robert Fontenot

The story of Marty Robbins' "El Paso"

By September 26, 2013

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Is this the oldies song that reveals the fate of Breaking Bad's main character, Walter White? Maybe... but no matter how the finale of that AMC TV series shakes out, "El Paso" already has its own fascinating story: like far too many pop music landmarks, Marty Robbins' signature hit faced its share of obstacles on the way to getting released. For that matter, it was only sheer circumstance that got him to write it in the first place. Read all about the writing and recording of Marty Robbins' epic Western gunfighter ballad "El Paso" right here.

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